Last Chance For Artists To Register For Beacon Open Studios 2019 - All Artists Welcome

Photo Credit: Beacon Open Studios, Russell Cusick Gallery

Photo Credit: Beacon Open Studios, Russell Cusick Gallery

Are you an artist? This is your last chance to register your studio to be an official Open Studio for the weekend of Sat, May 18th & Sun, May 19th 2019 for Beacon Open Studios. This is a city-wide event in its 11th year, where the public gets to roam around the entire neighborhood in search of artists they want to discover. We have written about the event bunches of times here on the blog.

This free, citywide, weekend long event has become one of the largest of its kind in the Hudson Valley. Artists are encouraged to put themselves out there to meet others, and get on the map - literally. Your studio will be on the map produced by Beacon Open Studios and distributed to business locations throughout Beacon, NY to help people find artists. You can see which artists have signed up so far on their website.

This is one of A Little Beacon Blog's most favorite collaborative events of the year, and we are once again a proud sponsor.
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Rare Exhibit In No. 3 Reading Room and Photo Book Works - Artist Talk This Weekend

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Reception: Saturday, March 23, 5-8 pm
Artists Talk: Sunday, March 24, 2 pm
Space is limited, seats are reserved, please RSVP.
A catalog of the exhibit is available for purchase

HOURS:
Sunday March 10, 12-5 pm
On view Saturdays & Sundays 12- 6 pm
Through April 28
The Reading Room will be closed on April 20 & 21st for Passover and Easter

Exhibits at No. 3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works are usually rare. Meaning, the material that you can look at or read could be a rare book that involves a delicate touch. Because of the nature of what is inside of No. 3 Reading Room, their blinds are usually drawn to protect the paper inside. The owners of gallery, Paullette Myers-Rich and David Rich, are artists, and purchased the building in order to continue their life’s work. Inside are more than one letterpress, and tables with years - yes years - worth of paint on them, as they are used as a painter’s pallet so as to not discard the paint.

The exhibit this month, which opened on March’s Second Saturday and continues through the month into April, features David Rich’s work, and that of his friend, Clarence Morgan. It is work that was made 30 years ago that Clarence recently reexamined and worked back into and it's both new and "old".

The exhibit features time, and offers a special Reception as well as an Artist Talk this weekend, where you are invited to not only see the paintings in the gallery, and go upstairs to talk to the artist and see the incredible painting space.

While not expecting David’s painting space to be photographed, they did allow these photos to be taken to show you a rare glimpse into this painting world. On the tables is paint. Year’s worth of paint that David elected not to throw away. He uses the tables as his pallet.

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin


 

About The Exhibit and The Painters

Here is an expert from No. 2 Reading Room & Photo Book Works description of the show:

Clarence Morgan and David Rich are painters who have worked for decades in both the studio and the classroom. Their devotion to painting and teaching brought them together decades ago in Minneapolis where they both arrived to work, teach and raise their families.

Longtime colleagues, Clarence and David were co-founders of what was known early on as the Painter’s Group, formed in Minneapolis in 1993 along with other local painters of various persuasions to generate dialogue exploring issues in contemporary painting. The purpose was not to critique each other, but to discuss the questions raised by their work and the possibilities for painting to address a range of concerns. Meeting in each other’s studio amongst peers, the ongoing conversations evolved organically and became a crucial source of discourse that was lacking outside academia at that time. It was an environment that was counter to the isolation of the studio and offered painters a space for the paintings to exist in a larger context.

Working overtime. Working over time. They sound the same, but connote different temporal states. Both apply to the painters and their works in this exhibit.

What does it mean to make a painting over time? What does devotion to one’s practice extended over a lifetime entail? To painters Clarence Morgan and David Rich, each in their sixth decade, time has become compressed, with a degree of urgency about its limitations and passage.

Yet both are known to, without reluctance or hesitation, revisit work done decades ago, to pick up their tools and search within both dimensions of painting and of time, of then and of now. Nothing is fixed, everything is up for grabs. Time collapses and the dialogue commences. As one day merges into the next, as each year melds into another, their work in the studio continues overtime and over time, yet is enacted in the here and now.

And in time, the paintings will be all that remain. Within the abstraction, the residual marks add up to signs and signals, visual occurrences and references. Old hands painting alongside younger selves, trains of thought picked up, clarified, informed and strengthened by years and years of working- a form of talking to one’s self, over time.

The resultant images become meditation devices, bold assertions or quiet murmurs of being, resolved, but not static, forces with lyrical movement residing within a compressed space, offering room for thought and for eyes to wander and explore. Within these paintings, time operates on its own schedule in relation to the viewer, offering first the immediate read, and then the slow reveal that rewards durational looking.

 

Wine Shops Must Close At 7pm In Dutchess County - Artisan Wine Shop Is Petitioning That - Wants Later Hours

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

If you’ve ever sauntered to Artisan Wine Shop on a summer evening, only to be met with a “Closed” sign at 7:30pm, it’s not because they want to call it a night. Wine and liquor stores in Dutchess County are not allowed to stay open past 7pm. Anyone coming home after commuting from New York City, Westchester County, Poughkeepsie, or other places that involve commute times that often get people home after 7pm are not able to shop for wine after 7pm.

Currently, the hours of retail sale of wine and liquor in Dutchess County are restricted to 9am to 7pm on weekdays (defined as Monday - Saturday), and 9am to 10am on New Year’s, Memorial, Independence, Labor, and Thanksgiving days. You read that right - 1 hour on those holidays. “We usually don’t even open on Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, or the 4th of July,” said a staff member from Artisan Wine Shop when A Little Beacon Blog called to confirm the 1hr holiday policy on those days.

People can, however, walk down to a wine bar, like Chill or Oak Vino, who can be open late into the night. Or, people could stop into a beer shop, like Beacon Craft Beer Shoppe next door to Key Food, to stock up on creatively brewed craft beer. People could even patron any of the growing number of craft breweries in the area, like Two Way Brewing or Hudson Valley Brewing Company. While you’re at it, a person could even go to a whiskey distillery tasting room, like Dennings Point Distillery by Rite Aid, to sip a little and listen to live music late at night.

The Fight To Extend Open Hours For Wine and Liquor Stores Continues

Crossroads Wine and Spirit in Fishkill asked local government to extend Open hours in 2014, as it was hurting their business to close at 7pm. They have since closed this location.

Crossroads Wine and Spirit in Fishkill asked local government to extend Open hours in 2014, as it was hurting their business to close at 7pm. They have since closed this location.

Wine and liquor stores have tried to change this in the past. Crossroads Wine and Spirit in Fishkill wrote an email in 2014 to local government, asking that it reconsider the early close time, especially considering other counties in New York had longer close times. In 2015, a resolution went through Beacon, asking Dutchess County to reconsider the early close time (see resolution PDFs here). From Beacon’s 2015 Resolution to Dutchess County:

“The City Council of the City of Beacon hereby requests the Duchess County Board of Legislators recognize the current County liquor store closing hours create an inconvenience to County residents, visitors to the County and it is also detrimental to the business owners and taxpayers, as it forces dollars that would otherwise be spent in Duchess County to be spent elsewhere and that therefore, the hours of operation for liquor stores on Monday through Saturday be permitted to be from 9:00am to 10:00pm.”

Today - People and Businesses Continue To Want Wine and Liquor Stores Open Longer

Inside of Artisan Wine Shop.  Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Inside of Artisan Wine Shop.
Photo Credit: Katie Hellmuth Martin

Now it’s March 2019, and there is a stack of signatures on a petition on the counter of Artisan Wine Shop, asking Dutchess County to let wine and liquor shops stay open until at least 9pm.

From Artisan Wine Shop’s petition, supporters from all over Dutchess County - not just Beacon - are encouraged to write to their county legislators, both to the General legislature email address, and to one’s own county legislator directly.

From the petition: “We're asking Dutchess County residents to email the Dutchess County Legislature to make the biggest impact. And please forward this to your family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances in the county (as many outside of Beacon as possible too!).“

Emails To Send Open Hour Extension Requests To:

  • General legislature address: CountyLegislature@DutchessNY.gov

  • For Beacon: fzernike@dutchessny.gov or npage@dutchessny.gov

Artisan Wine Shop is located at 180 Main Street, Beacon, NY. And they’re only open ‘till 7pm.

Happening This Weekend - 3/22/2019

Events for Beacon Public Schools are popping up now that Spring has started! A Little Beacon Blog created a Guide to capture these, and submitting information to us for it is free for organizers of these events. You'll learn about South Avenue's Color-A-Thon on April 6th, which is their biggest annual fundraising drive and is open to all to participate. South Avenue kids have only a few days left for online fundraising, and kids from any other school can register to get blasted with color while they run around the block.

You'll also learn about a recycling opportunity for your dead markers! Yup - South Avenue has a giant marker collection box year-round to give the markers a second life.
Photo Credit: Brian Doyle

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Sugar Maple Celebration
Day: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Sharpe Reservation Camp, Camp Hidden Valley, 436 Van Wyck Lake Rd, Fishkill, NY
Information >

Sunset Reading: Diary of the Chapel's 18 Year Old Architect: The Making of a Profession In The Age Of Jackson
Day
: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 3-4:30pm
Location: The Chapel Restoration, 45 Market St Cold Spring NY
Information >

Parents’ Night Out
Day
: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 5-7:30pm
Location: Compass Arts, 395 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Reception: Works on Paper by Clarence Morgan & David Rich
Day
: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 5-8pm
Location: No. 3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works, 469 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >
 

Artists Talk: Works on Paper by Clarence Morgan & David Rich
Day
: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 2pm
Location: No. 3 Reading Room & Photo Book Works, 469 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

A Rebirth Into Motherhood
Day
: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 3pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END

Darryl's Women's Clothing Boutique
155 Main Street
www.darrylsny.com

Welcome our new sponsor Darryl's Boutique to A Little Beacon Blog!  This shop is their 3rd location - the first two being in Rhinebeck and New York City. Read more in this article about Darryl and Ed, who live in Wappingers. Do step inside to say hi, and see what styles they might recommend for you. Located near Beetle & Fred and Knot Too Shabby.


 
 
Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

www.luxeoptique.com
These simple frames are easy to pass by on the shelf at Luxe Optique. But Wowzers. Colors of the deepest hues are on the frame, making the octagon shape stunning yet simple around your eyes. Could they be used as "transitions"? Those easy sunglasses that turn dark in the sun? Yes. Very retro, 1960s looking. From XIT Eyewear, who are known for wacky shapes. This style is on the tame side in their collection. Do go in and try them on.

 

 
SHOPS IN THE MIDDLE
L a M è r e Clothing + Goods
436 Main Street
www.lamereclothingandgoods.com
We know...you want the sun! And Spring Break in Beacon is coming! Get your beach hat and flip flops at La Mère Clothing and Goods. You know you want to sit outside in this "bee my honey" hat...Might you need this denim skirt?


 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END

Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)

SAVE THE DATE!
Lambs Hill will be hosting a sample sale at the end of the month - March 30-31st!  They have over over 50 gowns that are ready to be yours. Check out their Instagram post to see some of the styles that will be available off the rack.


Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! L a M è r e Clothing + Goods, Luxe Optique, Binnacle Books, Darryl's Boutique, and Lambs Hill.
 






Thank you to Barb's Butchery and BAJA 328 for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning!
 
 
 
Restorative Sound Bath with Shawn Feeney at Firefly Yoga
Day: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
A deeply relaxing experience of unmediated acoustic sound. Shawn uses the natural order in sound and music to help entrain organization and harmony to our internal worlds.
Information  >

Introduction to Embodied Equity: A Workshop
Day
: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 1pm-5pm
Location: Beahive, 291 Main St, Beacon, NY
How can we respond to the violent, daily impact of racism on people of color and explore the cost of racism to white people? How can white people build their emotional resilience and be useful in the growing multiracial movement toward social justice?
Information >

Defensive Driving Course
Day
: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 8:30am to 3pm
Location: Antalek & Moore, 340 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Essential Oils Q&A at Firefly Yoga
Day
: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 12:15pm
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
Information >

Thank you to Firefly Yoga for sponsoring the Adult Classes Guide! For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.



Defensive Driving Course
Day
: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 8:30am to 3pm
Location: Antalek & Moore, 340 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Parents’ Night Out
Day
: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Time: 5-7:30pm
Location: Compass Arts, 395 Main St, Beacon, NY
Information >

Check A Little Beacon Blog's Classes For Kids Guide to see what there is to do every day of the week. We collect ideas and organize them by day. If it's Tuesday, check in and see what you can do!
Visit The Classes for Kids & Teens Guide >

For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.   
Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.


Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
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Our favorite parts about this rental home are the bread oven. And the panoramic and mountain views.
From Gate House Realty: From Gate House Realty: “This traditional spacious home boasts wide plank floors with Greek Revival details. A unique fireplace with a bread oven in the eat-in kitchen. A formal living room with fireplace, dining room, office, family room, powder room. Four bedrooms, updated full bath and den. Lots of light and views.”
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Real Estate Agent: Gate House Realty 845-831-9550
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Client Feature: More Good
Our March Member Spotlight features Drink More Good. We have had the pleasure of working Jason over the past several years from what started as a Main Street retail business to what has now grown into a 10,000 square foot manufacturing facility. From a small business owners policy to manufacturing insurance, we have had the pleasure to work alongside Jason every step of the way to ensure that as his business grows, so does his business coverage. Jason gave us a full tour of the new facility, which we produced in this video for you to see.
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BeaconArts :: Open Studios
From Beacon Open Studios: "Beacon Open Studios is fast approaching and were in the final stretch as Artist Registration and Sponsorship purchase is only open for 25 more days! There will NOT be a late registration option this year so be sure to register now if you haven't done so already!"
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Giant Yellow Marker Collection Recycling Box At South Avenue Elementary

Photo Credit: South Avenue Elementary

Photo Credit: South Avenue Elementary

With recycling markets tanking everywhere (see New York Times article, “As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling”), now that China is not buying most of the recycling it used to buy from this country, it’s becoming more clear that recycling is becoming harder to do, and trash has been building up more than we realized.

Crayola Launches Fun Marker Collection Recycling Bins

What is catching on, therefore, is increased awareness of where people can tweak the small stuff in their lives to get rid of stuff without throwing it into the trash. Crayola offers this initiative for schools looking to reduce waste. It’s called ColorCycle, and information can be found here. Says South Avenue’s Principle Laura Cahill: “The South Avenue PTA started the color box in conjunction with Crayola Colorcycle, and we are encouraging families to send in their old markers throughout the year. We also put markers in here at school as they get used up during class.”

Says Ryan Green, Vice President of South Avenue’s PTA: “Any kind of marker can be collected from any brand. Dry erase, permanent, doesn't matter. You can send them to school with your kids, and teachers send the little messengers to dump the markers into the tube.”

If you’re in a house that is has a high marker-loss count, where tops and bodies are found scattered on the floor and in the couch, they now have a place to rest and find a second life. If you don’t have a kid at South Avenue, consider setting aside your markers for a friend who is.

To start getting into the habit of putting trashed markers into a separate place that is not the regular trash can, simply designate a pretty box or container in your home, and collect the markers over time. I just stepped on a blue dry erase marker last night. Top on the floor, body on the desk. Dried out and done.

Also, Bottles and Cans Collections For Recycling And Fundraising

The South Avenue PTA, and several other PTA/Os at other schools, also have Bottle and Can Collection points where you can give them your bottles and cans instead of putting them into your big orange top recycling bin. It has been announced by recycling professionals at Beacon City Council meetings that glass collection is becoming difficult to sort through. Broken glass contaminates the recycling collection at large, and can cause for waste aka recycling materials that are no longer eligable for being recycled.

90 Books Is The Goal For Book Drive for Special Education English Classrooms at Beacon High School

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With Get Caught Reading Month coming up in May, the writerly folks at Get Lit Beacon are sponsoring a book drive to bring “student libraries” to the Special Education English classrooms at Beacon High School. Says Flora Stadler, a writer and a part of the team that runs Get Lit: "We wanted to give students easy access to books they would enjoy reading, and classroom student libraries seemed like a great option.”

Get Lit is working with Principal Soto and Assistant Principal Simms to start small libraries in the Special Education English classrooms. “The teachers put together a great list of books from diverse authors to get students excited and engaged with reading."

The goal is to provide 90 books to 3 classrooms. Author and Get Lit Beacon founder Julie Chibbaro will present the books to the school during Get Caught Reading Month in May.

3 Ways You Can Help Make This Happen:

  • Go to Binnacle Books in Beacon to choose books from the teacher wishlist, and Binnacle will order them for you.

  • Donate money to the cause through getlitbeacon.com, and Get Lit will buy the books for you. They'll also match total donations up to $300.

  • You can also purchase books on your own and drop them off any time at Oak Vino Wine Bar in Beacon.

What Is Get Lit Beacon?

Get Lit Beacon is a literary salon founded by writer and teacher Julie Chibbaro. Get Lit Beacon is a way to invite writers out into the community where they can be seen and heard. The salon is a casual gathering where published and aspiring adult writers of any genre can hang out, have a drink and share their work. Usually, one or two professional writers are invited to join us and discuss their work.

Get Lit Beacon meets on the 2nd Sunday of each month (mostly) at Oak Vino Wine bar at 389 Main Street in Beacon.

More Opportunities To Help Beacon Students

A Little Beacon Blog has dedicated an opportunity guide to ways you can help the kids and families in Beacon City Schools. This opportunity has been added to it under the Beacon High School section. Be sure to check that guide periodically to learn of new opportunities! Such as the Color-A-Thon happening for South Avenue Elementary.

Sponsorship is open for that Guide, so if reaching people who care about our schools is important for your brand, please reach out to us if you are interested in sponsoring that guide with your logo and shout-out.

Local Vendors Wanted For Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market 2019 Season

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The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is seeking vendors for its 2019 Farmer’s Market, which will kick off on June 3rd at 3:00 pm in the Pavilion at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum at 75 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie, which has a stunning view of the Walkway Over The Hudson bridge. The Market will run weekly on Monday afternoons from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm from June through Labor Day in a fully-covered open-air pavilion that is just steps away from the Hudson River.  

Vendors Wanted - Deadline April 15 for Early Bird Discount

Vendor applications are now being accepted for the sale of fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, poultry, and baked goods from local Hudson Valley farms, as well as locally-produced soaps and body products, wool products, bee products and other agriculturally related items.  This year, the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market seeks to expand its product lines to include Hudson-Valley-produced beer, wine, cider and spirits, as well as hand-crafted kitchenware items created by local artisans.

Interested vendors are encouraged to apply by April 15 to receive an Early Bird discount.

For Vendor Guidelines, as well as application instructions, please visit mhcm.org/visit/poughkeepsie-waterfront-market/call-for-vendors.

The Market is a lively, weekly, public celebration of the Hudson Valley, which also features entertainment provided by a variety of local musicians each week. In addition, ‘Kid’s Kitchen’, a healthy eating program for children will be held weekly at the Market, free of charge.

Certified SNAP & WIC Payments Market

The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a certified SNAP market. It accepts both SNAP and WIC payments, ensuring the affordability of fresh produce and farm products for low-income individuals and families. With support from MVP Healthcare, the Market implemented an Electronic Transfer (EBT) system, enabling income-eligible market patrons to use their SNAP benefits from a government issued debit card.

Small Museum Taking On Big Issues

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is the first children’s museum in the country to open and operate a public farmer’s market. The Market opened in 2017 to connect City residents and families with fresh, affordable and locally-produced food as a strategy for fighting urban food insecurity and advancing community health. As a small museum taking on big issues, the MHCM is planning an expansion which includes enclosing the open-air pavilion, enabling the Market to be held year-round, filling a need for fresh food in Poughkeepsie.

The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is steps away from both the Poughkeepsie Train Station and The Walkway over the Hudson elevator, making the Market accessible to City residents, families visiting the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, tourists and commuters alike. The Pavilion that hosts the Market is fully covered, and offers public restrooms and free onsite parking at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum during Market hours.

For Vendor Guidelines, as well as application instructions, please visit mhcm.org/visit/poughkeepsie-waterfront-market/call-for-vendors.

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Programming...With This Reminder About Sunrises

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There is no easy transition into or out of yesterday's article, so...here is a transition slide to say that we are going back to our regularly scheduled programming, which includes some great events that are happening in our schools, as well as this statement from the Firefox browser: "Watching the sunrise outdoors statistically increases your odds of having a good day." We didn't research their source of that statistic yet, but will try it ourselves. Meanwhile, look for upcoming articles on the donation of dictionaries, and the legalization of tampons in the federal congress people's bathroom budget!


Lauren & Riley Boutique Moves On; Darryl's Boutique For Contemporary Women Moves In

Photo Credit: A Little Beacon Blog

Photo Credit: A Little Beacon Blog

Some shifts for businesses on Main Street this early pre-Spring season. If you’ll recall last spring, many retail businesses either moved into town, or moved across town.

Lauren & Riley was one such shop who flipped ends of town, leaving her east side location (replaced by The Beacon Underground) to the west side (replacing Theo Ganz Studio). However, the move was not to last. In an announcement to her people on the business Facebook page, the owner of Lauren & Riley, Kim, has announced that she is moving on:

”After eight years we will be closing :-( I am so lucky to have met so many great people and to have been part of the Beacon community. Moving on to a new chapter for me and I'm excited. Everything in store is 40% Off. As of right now, we will be open Friday thru Sunday till further notice.”

Kim was a staple in the Main Street retail scene. You could always see her hanging with the Marion Royael Gallery folks outside on the sidewalk (in both locations - Marion Royael Gallery had been on the east end as well!). She will be missed! But don’t you worry - Kim will still be producing and burning her candles at fairs and online. Follow Beacon Candle Company at Facebook, and their website.

Darrly’s Clothing Boutique Opened In October

A few things quietly happened in October, including the opening of Darryl’s Clothing Boutique (replacing Nella’s Bellas clothing boutique), owned by Darryl and Ed. This is the third (!) location for Darryl’s, the first being in the big city of New York, and the second being in the Hudson Valley town of Rhinebeck. “We live in Wappingers, and have been watching Beacon grow for some time. We wanted to be a part of the community.” You can learn more about Darryl and Ed at their website, or better yet, say “Hi!” to them in their shop!

These shops have been updated in A Little Beacon Blog’s Shopping Guide. If you have any tips for us - like if any business snuck in and didn’t reach out to us yet, please let us know! We created the Shopping Guide to represent all of the shops, and would love to know about yours. Must be a storefront :) We also have the Beauty Guide and the Restaurant Guide.

Racist and Anti-Semitic Flyers Put On Every Pole On Beacon's Main Street In January - But You Never Saw Them. Here's Why:

UPDATE: 3/20/2019 The City of Beacon has since issued a response, telling people that if they see something like this, it needs to be reported to the police department for enforcement. Please see below for full quote.

Back in January of this year, when we were all adjusting to the new year and starting our new resolutions, racist and anti-Semitic flyers were posted to every telephone and light pole on Main Street in Beacon, from the east end (Bank Square Coffee) to the west end (Trax Coffee Roasters). But you never saw them.

Within a 12 hour period, two citizens of Beacon, who wish to remain anonymous, noticed the flyers and ripped every single one down with their bare hands. Bare hands is notable, because some flyers were affixed with strong adhesive, like a spray glue, and required prying all of the corners of the paper to remove it. Glue indicates that the hanger of the flyer wanted it to stay up for a long time. Other flyers were stapled to poles. The flyers were from PatriotFront, a well known white supremacist hate group.

The day was cold but sunny. The two Beaconites were headed to meet each other for lunch, each from the other side of town. Each of these citizens happens to have studied graphic design and has a familiarity with art history. As they walked towards each other, some eye-catching flyers on the lamp posts and telephone poles caught their eyes. The visual graphic design was well done, they both noted internally, and kept walking.

The Meaning Behind The Markings

After passing more than a few flyers, including one on the Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church near Bank Square, the meaning behind the markings on the flyers struck them. The flyer series was promoting anti-immigrant sentiment, anti-Native American, anti-anything that was not white supremacist. Some might call it anti-people, some might call it fascist.

“The symbolism was disguised,” said one of the citizens who tore down the flyers. With a background in design, the Beaconite was aware of banned symbolism and disguised imagery used by white supremacist groups (read about disguised white supremacist imagery here in Foreign Policy). “Because the flyers covered more than one topic, they seemed to be recruitment flyers,” concluded the Beaconite. “The website of where they came from was prominently displayed across the bottom, so that someone could clearly see where to get more information.”

“Does White Supremacy Really Happen In Beacon?”

One evening during a regular City Council meeting, a gentleman approached the podium during the Public Comment period to complain about a large sign that hung on a building on Hanna Lane. The sign read: “Resist White Supremacy; Vote on November 6, 2018.” The gentleman was visiting Memorial Park with his friends, and was embarrassed to see the sign. “Is this really Beacon?” he asked.

That sign has become controversial and has prompted the City Council to deeply study its zoning laws on signs. The City Council has not yet come to a conclusion, as laws on signage are complicated in order to protect freedom of speach in the First Amendment.

Being that the two Beaconites took down the racist and anti-Semitic signs that anyone visiting would have seen on any public pole on Main Street, chances are this person would not have seen these signs that encouraged white supremacy, and would have continued with his day, thinking that a white supremacist movement had not tried to move its way into this community.

Just Down The Road, Haldane Graduate and 2 Other Local Teenagers Arrested For Anti-Semitic Graffiti In Nelsonville’s October 2018 Swastika Incident

In October, a series of hate fueled events happened: anti-Semitic flyers were hung on churches in Beacon, and on universities in the Hudson Valley including Marist College, Dutchess Community College, and Vassar. A suspect was found by police, who allegedly hung the flyers while wearing rubber gloves.

In October 2018, a Swastika was sprayed onto the home that is owned by a Jewish man in Nelsonville. So far, 3 teenagers have been arrested for that crime. One teenager is a male who is 18, and is a graduate of Haldane High School in Cold Spring. He was arrested in February 2019, and just appeared in court last week. The other two were arrested in December 2018, one from Philipstown and the other from an unspecified location. They are 18 and 17 years old.

What To Do When Racist or Anti-Semitic Flyers Are Found

If someone sees something like this, it needs to be reported to the Police Department so enforcement can be taken.
— Anthony J. Ruggiero, M.P.A. City Administrator for the City of Beacon

The first response of the citizens who tore down the flyers was to call the Beacon Police. The officer who took the call suggested that they call the Building Department to complain. “I let the officer know that I wasn’t really complaining, but rather informing that white supremacist material was all over the street,” said the citizen. According to the citizen, the officer’s response was: “There’s really nothing we can do.”

A Little Beacon Blog inquired with the City of Beacon’s City Administrator, Anthony Ruggiero, about if there is anything to do about flyers. “It is a violation of city code to put flyers of any kind on a telephone or light pole. It would be a violation the Building Department could issue if we knew who it was.”

So there you have it. Now you know. A Tom Petty song comes to mind: “Don’t come around here no more.” Parents: keep talking to your kids. Teachers: thank you for teaching our kids about hate crimes of the past, so that they can identify it and defeat it in the present.

"holy friday" | A Poem From A Beaconite In Response To Mass Shootings In Mosques In New Zealand

Photo Credit:  Izdihar Dabashi

Photo Credit: Izdihar Dabashi

EDITOR’S NOTE: Izdihar Dabashi, the writer of this poem, is a writer, college student, and Muslim living in Beacon. You can read her articles on A Little Beacon Blog here. She has penned a poem in response to the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand this week.

The shootings happened on the afternoon of Holy Friday. Izdihar explains the meaning of Holy Friday, also known as Jumu’ah: “Muslims consider Fridays to be holy. A lot of people try to make it the mosque to pray. A sermon is given. It is like the Muslim version of a Christian’s Sunday church. The Friday prayer is held in the afternoon, and Muslims take a little more time to say their prayers.

“On Friday’s, Muslims are more connected with their community and often will call friends and family just to let them know they’re in their thoughts and prayer.

“That’s what makes the crime all the more heartbreaking- it was done on a day where Muslims are more focused on spreading peace as they meet pray together and later discuss any community problems or achievements. Everyone feels more united and at ease after a Friday prayer.”


Izdihar’s poem was first published on her Instagram account here. She granted permission to have it republished on A Little Beacon Blog as well. Her InstaStory has a more images of the people hurt and killed.


aggressive rivers of crimson flood the floors of sanctuaries
heavy weapons and weighted boots,
what else to expect from a deluded man and his object of destruction?
from a man who laughs in tune to the cries of the innocent, to the symphony of his gun?

scattered evidence of life taunt the living;
tiny shoes, visions of the future
scarves... tattered fabric dispersed
and purses spilled

barefoot in the streets, fleeting as thunderous echoes of chaos ring sharp in their ears
neighbors weeping, some taking leaps
over fences and dashing through doors

how can we rescue when we don’t know where danger hides
and why it smiles
how can we rescue when we can’t tell apart our enemies
as they are free to live joyous lives?

A young girl, her father’s baby
wisps of long lashes rest over her chubby cheeks
tendrils of hair shape her petite face

she’s not sleeping, not with the way he holds her with tension in his breaths
clouds of stinging pain in his shadowed eyes
she’s not sleeping, but I wish she is
her beautiful face marred by the dark blood running down her face
tears of the world on a day of prayer

tears shouldn’t be red
and we shouldn’t be crying
why must man be unjust
has pain replaced peace,
have your hearts gone to dust

children in the neighborhood on lockdown in schools
imagine the eyes of the youth, blurry from fright
the thoughts of their teachers, the terrors their parents face at night
sisters and brothers leaning into one another

the men in blue, and the paramedics speeding with flashes of light
do they cry too
their neighbors are dead
who is left to protect?

who is next?
synagogues, churches, temples and mosques
candle-lit
does it matter
if you’re bricks and stone of peace
symbols of sanctuary?

roses, carnations,
bouquets of peaceful ivory, valuable gold, nurturing shades of pink, and ambitious strengths of purple
cries of blue
and ruby petals;
they’re dying too

I hope to see you in paradise
your friends and family, neighbors and carers
I hope murder on holy friday
no longer makes the news

I’ll suffer
but I hope I don’t lose
my faith in you

- (holy Friday)

Izdihar

Happening This Weekend - 3/15/2019

It's...a really Spring-like day! Not wanting to jinx anything, we'll take the weather. Which brings us to this exciting announcement before you get your weekend on: A Little Beacon Blog's Summer Camp Guide Guide is in full swing! And updates continue to be made as details for camps emerge!

One of our most relied upon Guides for parents in  Beacon and beyond is our Summer Camp Guide. It is the most inclusive Guide in the Hudson Valley, as it is free for most camps to list, thereby giving parents plenty of unfiltered options when it comes to researching for the best fits of fun, entertainment, and learning for their family's schedule.

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Businesses who want to be a Community Sponsor can do so as well, and this is a great fit for doctors, urgent care centers, professional organizers, and others who want to show their support to parents (starts at $250 for seasonal placement on this Guide).

These are early bird rates as we introduce this first phase of advertising on this Guide.
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Howland Chamber Music Circle presents “Music of the Gilded Age in the Hudson Valley"
Day
: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 4pm
Location: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 15 South Street, Beacon, NY
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BSC Annual Woody Dinner Dance to Benefit the Woody Sloop
Day
: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 5-11pm
Location: Chalet on the Hudson, Route 9D, Cold Spring, NY
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Elysium Furnace Works presents Matt Mitchell
Day
: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 8pm
Location: Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Rombout Middle School Night at Chipotle (Fishkill)
Day
: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 5-9pm
Location: Chipotle, 10 Westage Drive, Fishkill, NY
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Plan ahead and check out what's coming up this month in our Events Guide.
 

 
 
BOUTIQUES ON THE WEST END
 
 
Luxe Optique
183 Main Street

www.luxeoptique.com
What a treat! This week we got to see the new collection of frames from Anne & Valentin at Luxe Optique, presented by Andry (left) to Luxe's photographer and stylist, Ryon (right). If you are like many in Beacon, you have become a collector of handmade, designer frames. Your next pair could be here in Andry's trays. We'll see what Ryon selected for the store!

 

 
SHOPS IN THE MIDDLE
L a M è r e Clothing + Goods
436 Main Street
www.lamereclothingandgoods.com
Girl... La Mère Clothing and Goods was on fire last week with her side-walk rack during the Parade of Green - hopefully you scored something. New merch from Free People - including these summer sandals are in. And did you see the pink velvet ballet flats are on sale for $60? Order from her website to reserve yours, or go in and visit! Pick up one of these pink stemless wine glasses (or with stems) while you're there...


 

BOUTIQUES ON THE EAST END


Lambs Hill Bridal Boutique
1 East Main, Retail #3

www.lambshillbridalboutique.com
(near the Dummy Light)
Did you know that you can book the Lambs Hill wedding venue on Mount Beacon for smaller weddings? They do have an Equestrian Suite, where you can meet the ponies who live there. Contact them to schedule a day to visit this private spot.



Thank you to the following shops for sponsoring our Shopping Guide! L a M è r e Clothing + Goods, Luxe Optique, Binnacle Books and Lambs Hill.
 





Spring 2019 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
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Customers can feast on dishes from nearly 200 restaurants, via three-course, prix-fixe lunch ($22.95) and dinner ($32.95) menus. Restaurants from eight Hudson Valley counties are included in HVRW: Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester. The complete list of participating restaurants is available here: valleytable.com/hvrw.

Thank you to Barb's Butchery and BAJA 328 for sponsoring the Restaurant Guide!
Visit A Little Beacon Blog's Restaurant Guide for all of the restaurants in Beacon, and see our Brunch Guide for your morning!
 
 
 

Friday Night Yoga Community Class at Firefly Yoga!
Day
: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 7-8pm
Location: Firefly Yoga, 992 Main St, Fishkill, NY
Donation-based power vinyasa yoga class co-taught by recent Jill Kramek and Marilyn Perez (Managing Editor for A Little Beacon Blog). Class is open to everyone, all levels!
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SAVE THE DATE
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Day: Sunday, March 24, 2019
Time: 4-6pm
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Thank you to Firefly Yoga for sponsoring the Adult Classes Guide! For a full list of upcoming classes, classes during the week, and workshops of all kinds, visit our Adult Classes Guide.

 



Art & Zine Club Meetup
Day: Friday, March 15, 2019
Time: 3:30-5pm
Location: Howland Public Library, 313 Main St, Beacon, NY
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Saturday's At Stony Kill Barn
Check A Little Beacon Blog's Classes For Kids Guide to see what there is to do every day of the week. We collect ideas and organize them by day. If it's Tuesday, check in and see what you can do!
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For a full list of upcoming classes, visit A Little Beacon Blog's Kids Classes Guide.   
 
Submission Guidelines for submitting your classes for consideration to be added to these guides can be found here.


Time to freshen up your hair style - or beard! Find a salon in Beacon at
A Little Beacon Blog's Beauty Guide.
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From Gate House Realty: “Mountain home, a short walk to Main Street Beacon and the Metro-North Train Station. Custom designed for your modern lifestyle: 3 bedrooms, Study, Library, Great room with fireplace and walls of sliding doors leading to 500 feet of mahogany decking, Dining room, Kitchen with island and Viking Appliances.”
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Exciting New Frames From Anne & Valentin Visiting Luxe Optique

What a delightful surprise while making our sponsor rounds today for this weekend’s Friday Feature in the newsletter (subscribe if you haven’t!). When stepping into Luxe Optique, we got to see a real live stylist and representative from Anne & Valentin with the newest designs.

Often, actually, we stumble in when a major line is in the store with all of their suitcases filled with precious goodies while we’re collecting a feature photo.

Meet Andry pictured here, he was sooo nice, and knew all about the designer curves of all of these new frames. Look for Luxe Optique’s feature photo in their sponsor spot this Friday!

Discover more shops in A Little Beacon Blog’s Shopping Guide! You can always tap Guides and Calendars in the navigation above - from your computer or mobile.

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A Girl Can’t Pass Up A Good Sale Rack...La Mere Delivers

A girl can’t pass a good sale rack... La Mere Clothing and Goods always delivers.

It was a pleasure visiting and #shootingtheshingle (a new Tin Shingle term!) during our mini-photo session for her sponsor spot in A Little Beacon Blog’s Shopping Guide!

Go visit our Shopping Guide to learn about more stores by tapping Guides and Calendars, and tap Shopping Guide.

Do hit up this clothing rack in person!

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Trash Cans Replaced On Main Street For Better Containment - At No Cost To City

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As Beacon increases in popularity as a tourist destination as well as a lifestyle change destination from the big city - or just by people relocating here for job opportunities - trash needs change. Two major shifts happened that triggered a metal trash can swap out on Main Street:

  • Overflowing Trash: Residents complaining of trash overflowing from metal trashcans on Main Street after regular weekends, 3 day holiday weekends, or weekends that have special public events.

  • Recycling: The crash of the recycling market, that has rocked recycling collection across every community in the United States. In short, most of the recycling isn’t getting recycled because China, who buys most of the world’s recycling, tightened its restrictions on what it will accept. Most recycling sent to China is dirty, as in, coated in food, contaminated with non-recyclable objects (like plastic bottle caps not screwed onto a bottle - who knew?!) or is wet paper (only dry, non-shredded paper is accepted - nothing smaller than 6” x 6” actually, according to Beacon’s recycling processing center).

City Council Agrees To Larger Hole At Top Of Trash Cans

The City Council, which consists of 4 representatives from each area of the City, called Council People, as well as a Member-At-Large, the Mayor, the City Administrator, and the City’s Attorney, all consider many details about how the City of Beacon functions. They even think about the design of the trash cans. At one point years ago, two holes were considered to help with trash: a small one for recycling (presumably cups and other small objects), and trash. But not too large, so as to prohibit people in nearby apartments putting their household trash into the public containers, as recalled by Mayor Casale during a City Council meeting.

Trash Cans Replaced At Not Cost To The City

During the May 29, 2018 City Council Workshop meeting during which Royal Carting, the City’s contracted trash collection company, presented their proposed budget for a new contract, Royal Carting’s presenting attorney, James Constantino, suggested to replace the cans at no cost to the City. “The designs of the cans are not accommodating or giving capacity. We have agreed with the Highway Superintendent for a new can…I can assure you the Mayor has been very clear that he wants that trash cans maintained, and doesn't want to see litter.”

Beacon’s City Administrator confirmed with A Little Beacon Blog in August 2018 that the City was moving forward with the replacement of the cans. By January 2019, the new trash cans lined Main Street.